Abitibi Eskimos have yet to lose on home ice during the 2011-12 campaign — in either exhibition or regular season action.
That streak will face a severe test on Saturday, however, as the Eskimos play host to the NOJHL-leading Soo Thunderbirds at the Jus Jordan Arena in a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Backstopped by the strong goaltending of John Kleinhans (2.62 goals against average) and Thomas Condon (2.00 goals against average), the Thunderbirds have just lost once in 15 games so far this season.
Those averages may be a little higher after Saturday if Marc-Alain Begin has anything to say about it.
Begin is second to Sudbury’s Jordan Carroll in the NOJHL scoring race, with 16 goals and 29 assists in 15 games.
Carroll, who leads the league with 24 goals, has one more point than Begin, but has played one more game.
Eskimos captain Richard Therrien (14 goals, 14 assists) and forward Preston Lacasse have also been red hot, as of late.
Lacasse has scored seven goals in the six games he has played since returning to the Eskimos.
The Soo squad can also put the puck in the net, of course, with Micki Sartoretto being their hottest shooter.
He has scored 14 goals and added 13 assists in his first 14 games.
The Eskimos will be off after Saturday’s game until Wednesday, when they travel to Sudbury for a game with the Cubs